Series: Sunflower

Platform: Zee5

Cast: Sunil Grover, Mukkul Chaddha, Radha Bhatt

Creator: Vikas Bhal

Rating: 3/5

If you are a fan of Sunil Grover you are going to love Sunflower, but even if you are not, you will still love his performance. Either way Sunflower is a Sunil Grover show.

The plot doesn’t leave much to be desired as it is full of flaws, but you stay invested till the end, as it’s a crime suspense, with a splash of comedy.

The series revolves around the investigation of the murder of a local resident called Raj Kapoor, in a small suburban society.

Sales manager Sonu Singh (Sunil Grover) is an obvious and key suspect, but so is Kapoor’s neighbour Dr Ahuja (Mukul Chaddha) is also on police radar for his suspicious behaviour.

Investigating the matter are inspectors Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) and Tambe (Girish Kulkarni). Twists and turns, and quirky characters added to the mix, is what the essence of Sunflower.

Those of you who enjoy who dunnit series, may be a little disappointed with this one though, as the story line in parts doesn’t make sense. However, the characters make up for the poor plot line and Sunil Grover really stands out.

He really makes you believe in his character Sonu, in every scene. One minute he can make you sympathise with him and the next he can make you suspect him. If it wasn’t for his performance and some of the other interesting characters, such as Ashish Vidhyarthi who plays Dilip Iyer, whose character brings about glimpses of stigma faced by divorced women, single women, homosexuals and religious prejudices, we also get to see the viewpoints of young people through Dilip’s daughter Paddy Iyer, played by Ria Nalavde. Then the impulsive teacher character by Mukul Chadda, all are really well played, but don’t actually stack up, which is where this series falls slightly.

However, overall the series is a decent watch and Director Vikas Bhal has done well with the characterisation, but if only the plot was a little more tighter then this could have been a super series.